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Installing Ubuntu is very, very fun

posted under category: General on July 11, 2006 at 1:00 am by MrNate

So I installed Ubuntu last night onto my newish $150 PC. The plan is to make the cheapest DVR possible. I've been planning this for a while and haven't been motivated until just recently.

Anyways, the Ubuntu installation process. First off, if you put the CD in on Windows, it will tell you about Ubuntu and allow you to install some of the Windows open source software it carries on the disk - things like Firefox and OpenOffice. That's nice.

Once you boot from the CD, it loads Linux, just like a Linux live CD. It gives you the full Gnome shell, applications and games you can run and so on, with an icon on the desktop labeled "Install." Double click and it starts the easiest install process I have ever witnessed, plus all the while, you can play solitaire or surf the web while the installation finishes up in the background.

If you follow down my path, check out Automatix to get you a good head-start on the software you need.

Now as soon as I figure out my video drivers and install MythTV, I'll be set.

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On Jul 11, 2006 at 1:00 AM Dave Shuck ( said:
I recently wrote a blog entry on installing CFMX7 and Apache 2.2 on Ubuntu. I would imagine that is in your near future! :)

On Jul 12, 2006 at 1:00 AM Aaron Lynch ( said:
I have found pretty much every aspect of Ubuntu 6.06 to be 'very, very fun'

good stuff!

On Jul 12, 2006 at 1:00 AM Rob Wilkerson (r.d.wilkerson whose domain rhymes with said:
I've always used RH/Fedora and have recently begun acquiring a bit of Knoppix experience, but given this "very, very fun" install process, I'm configurable is it? Do you get the opportunity to customize the packages that are installed?

Once click (or two) installs are nice unless you need/want a high degree of customization of the OS - or so I've found.

On Jul 12, 2006 at 1:00 AM Nathan Strutz ( said:
I didn't see any option to customize the installed packages on setup, it just kind of copied everything and I simply let it. Of course, after you install you can use the GUI package manager to install/uninstall as much as you want. It was a breeze when I used it.
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